As part of Manhasset High School’s commitment to the health, safety and education of students as they move beyond high school, many to college campuses where high risk drinking, sexual assault and adjustment issues are so prevalent, MHS held its first College 101 Day for all seniors on June 2, 2016.   Seniors rotated through three programs: The Red Watch Band Alcohol Emergency Response Program, taught by qualified MHS faculty, a Sexual Assault Prevention Program, run by the Safe Center of Long Island, and an Adjustment/Transition to Freshman Year Program presented by Adelphi University Faculty.  The SCA and CASA also provided the senior class with a pizza lunch.  The district administration, faculty, CASA, and the SCA, made the coordination and implementation of this program possible.

Manhasset High Schools teachers teach the Red Watch Band to seniors.

The Red Watch Band Program was founded at Stony Brook University with the goal to insure that all students are armed with accurate information about the dangers of alcohol use and know when, where, and how to get help when every second counts to prevent a tragedy. The program empowers students to recognize the signs of an alcohol related emergency and know how to intervene properly on behalf of a friend in need.  The program also challenges students’ beliefs and behaviors with regard to alcohol use, identifies high risk drinking environments, and educates them on the impact that high risk drinking has on their community at large.  For more information go to redwatchband.org

The Safe Center of Long Island teaches its Sexual Assault Prevention Program to MHS Seniors.

The Safe Center’s Healthy Relationships and Sexual Assault Prevention program teaches senior high school students and incoming college freshman the basics of understanding the dynamics of sexual assault and relationship violence. The program involves bystander intervention training and engages young men as well as young women in the skills necessary to intervene if someone they know may seem as if they may perpetrate assault.  The training is underpinned by the philosophy of the Enough is Enough initiative in NY State, and teaches a message of affirmative consent - “Yes means Yes”.   The program also discusses how boundaries and affirmative consent play out in the context of an established relationship. For more information about the Safe Center of Long Island visit thesafecenterli.org.

Adelphi University faculty presented Adjustment to Freshman Year Program

The Adjustment to Freshman Year Program was presented by Adelphi University faculty: the Assistant Director of Residential Life, the Assistant Director of Experiential Learning and the Director of the Learning and Writing Centers.  In addition to focusing on the academic, personal and social transition to attending college, the students were given information regarding the importance of exploring internship opportunities while in college.

Manhasset High School plans to make College 101 an annual event for graduating seniors, with the hope that the program will provide some useful tools to help them deal with the next step in their lives.

Manhasset SCA parents served a pizza lunch to seniors and MHS Seniors enjoyed lunch together during College 101 Day.